This STD makes crickets want to have way more sex
The mechanisms that some viruses employ to infect their hosts could easily be characterized as “clever.” There exists a virus, for instance, that makes caterpillars climb treetops, where they die and scatter virus-infected particles into the environment below. Rabies is another good example, because making a host bite other mammals is an excellent way to ensure that the virus gets passed on. But for the most part, these viruses aren’t transmitted through sexual contact. So, the news that a virus that infects crickets during copulation also makes them want to have more sex is pretty remarkable. And, as Metro News reports, the virus doesn’t just make crickets mate, it also renders them unable to reproduce.